Not PowerPoint Again! Presenting research on women in popular culture
University of York, 2nd July 2010
Are you bored of the traditional conference paper? Tired of watching a
presenter stand and read off a script while pointing to an ill
thought-out PowerPoint display? Nervous of presenting in a way that
feels alien or doesn’t support your research?
Then come along to our Day School where we are experimenting with
different and alternative ways of presenting research.
Our aim for the day is to encourage participants from all disciplines
to deliver research in inspiring ways. By thinking of different ways to
present our research we can spark new perspectives, imagining different
angles and approaches that we may never have considered before. We hope
to attract presenters from a range of disciplines and thus intend to
question the rigid lines of disciplinary thought that we so often
become constrained by. The day school will facilitate this
interdisciplinary integration by providing an atmosphere of
experimentation and questioning.
We want to encompass presentations from as many disciplines as
possible; the topics may include, but are not limited to:
Representations of weddings, marriage and divorce
Women on film and TV
Representations of religion
We hope to encourage discussions around how presenting differently may
lead to thinking differently about research in academia; how presenting
differently helps the researcher and the audience to engage with
‘papers’; and whether experimental presentations really can have a
place in traditional academic circles.
As the day is geared to presenting in innovative and engaging ways you
may wish to present your paper using, for example: performance art,
workshops, short films, live experiments, music, dance or other
interactive methods. The design is entirely up to you.
To take part in this Day School please submit a summary of your
presentation or a Storyboard (both of which must outline your proposed
topic, the mode of your presentation, how long it will take, and what
equipment you will need) to [log in to unmask] by 12th
For more information and to view an example storyboard please visit
We look forward to seeing you there!
Julia Carter and Rosemary Hill
Centre for Women’s Studies
University of York
Centre for Women's Studies
University of York